Marathon runners spend a lot of time on their feet. Runners can take tens of thousands of steps over the course of a marathon, so they need gear that can keep up.
With long-distance running shoes and the best running clothes, runners chasing 26.2 (or more) have a lot of options to help the miles fly by. Even with all the options, though, a few pieces of carefully chosen gear can help keep them moving or entertained during those long runs.
For the serious mile hogs in your life, here are the best gifts for marathon runners:
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At some point in their training, marathon runners will probably be out before the sun rises or after it goes down. When darkness threatens to cut a run short, the Black Diamond Spot 325 Headlamp can help keep you going.
The lightweight, waterproof headlamp pumps out up to 325 lumens of power to let you see up to 80 meters ahead, but it also has two lower settings—160 lumens and 6 lumens—to increase battery life and make it more suitable for use around camp or in a tent.
Black Diamond designed the Spot for simple, one-handed operation that can cycle through different power levels and functions, like dimming, strobe and red-light. Powered by three AAA batteries, the Black Diamond Spot 325 Headlamp is an ideal training partner for when daylight is at a premium.
The Hyperice Hypervolt Plus Bluetooth is a powerful and versatile percussion massager that makes a great gift for marathon runners.
Hyperice engineered the Hypervolt Plus Bluetooth with a strong and quiet motor that delivers three levels of power to your muscles. The percussive action helps soothe achy muscles and break up knots like never before, leaving your body ready for the next long run.
With five different head attachments to precisely target different muscles and a three-hour battery life, the Hyperice Hypervolt Plus Bluetooth is a great tool to keep your body in top shape through the grueling marathon training cycle.
Maurten set out to create an energy gel that doesn’t upset your stomach. To do that, they harnessed hydrogel technology.
Maurten chemists created the Gel 100 with natural ingredients that transform into a gel when they mingle with the acidity in your stomach. That hydrogel shields the carbs as they pass into your intestines where they can be absorbed and put to use.
The carbs—a mix of fructose and glucose—power your body so you can run, ride or swim longer. With 25 grams of carbs per packet and no artificial flavors or preservatives, Maurten Gel 100 is an easy way to top off your energy when you need it the most.
Balega knows few things are as annoying during a run as a blister, so they created the Enduro Quarter to keep your skin happy.
Designers shaped the Enduro to mold perfectly around the unique shape of your foot so there’s no bagginess that can cause hot spots, and they created an extra deep heel pocket for a more comfortable fit.
A seamless toe keeps things smooth, and Balega’s V-Tech arch support system provide a snug feel. Woven from proprietary moisture-wicking fibers and ventilated by microfiber mesh panels, the Balega Enduro Quarter running socks give you one less thing to think about during your workout.
Chafing is a problem. Body Glide is the solution.
Body Glide is a sweat- and water-resistant balm that swipes onto high-friction areas, like your inner thigh or your heel, to prevent uncomfortable rubbing or chafing. Unlike some other home remedies, Body Glide goes on dry and doesn’t leave a mess, but it will still protect your skin all day long.
The plant-derived ingredients in Body Glide are safe for use on children, they’re vegan approved and they are never tested on animals. Plus, there’s no petroleum, lanolin or mineral oils.
Packed into a deodorant-like tube, Body Glide is a simple, affordable solution to chafing.
Data gives you the information you need to train better, and the Garmin Forerunner 745 has plenty of it.
The Forerunner 745 is a high-tech and high-powered GPS running watch packed with sensors that tell you more than just your location. A wrist-based heart-rate monitor keeps tabs on your ticker, and a pulse ox sensor lets you know how well you’re acclimating to altitude.
Garmin’s built-in coaching software can give you estimates of your VO2 max and training status, and it will also suggest recovery times based on your training history. But, at the end of the day, the Forerunner 745’s tracking abilities give you the most important numbers: distance, pace and time.
In the Garmin Forerunner 745 review, Fleet Feet testers loved how easy it was to read the display, and praised the physical buttons that make starting, stopping and switching screens a breeze.
Housed in a durable, waterproof case with a rugged glass lens that looks sharp even in direct sunlight, the Garmin Forerunner 745 is a perfect gift for any marathon runner or triathlete.
Compression can help encourage blood flow and promote faster recovery times, which make the compressive CEP Run Socks 3.0 a great choice for long-distance runners.
CEP’s latest iteration of the Run Socks provide accurate, graduated compression that helps accelerate the removal of lactic acid during activity. High-performance yarn regulates temperature on hot and cold days, while moisture-wicking properties move sweat away from your skin.
Designed with a longer length to provide compression for your calf, the CEP Run Socks 3.0 deliver all the performance benefits of compression for every mile of your run.
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